Mensa Deathsquad (Photo courtesy Reyebee Inc.)
Brandon Phillips laid in a Kansas City hospital through the winter of 2019-2020 as his own album release (the unintentionally but appropriately named Patient Zero by his alt-synthwave band Mensa Deathsquad) passed by in the outside world.
But you can now check out “Nothing Is Never Enough,” the latest single by Mensa Deathsquad.
Com Truise performs at Union Stage on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Paivi)
Com Truise will release Persuasion System, his fourth full-length album, on May 17 via Ghostly International. Along the way, he recently appeared at Union Stage to present some of his new electronic numbers, and Paivi Salonen caught him in action.
Com Truise (Photo by Effixx)
One of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, Com Truise will perform at Union Stage on Friday, April 12, presented in conjunction with Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe.
Clan of Xymox performs at Ottobar on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Clan of Xymox released Days of Black via Metropolis Records in 2017, and Ronny Moorings and company hit Ottobar on Nov. 1 on the US Days of Black Tour. Jason Nicholson shot the show.
Lauren Mayberry fronts Chvrches at The Anthem on Oct. 18, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Lauren Mayberry, ever chipper, bantered with the audience during the sold-out show by Chvrches at The Anthem recently, making reference to an unkind review from earlier in the band’s career.
“It said, the only thing standing between Chvrches and stardom is the person standing at the front of the stage,” Lauren said, pausing while the audience groaned appropriately. “Well, how do you like me now, motherfucker?”
Hélène De Thoury of Hante performs at Tiny Cat Music Festival on Aug. 3, 2018. (All photos by Paivi Salonen. Words by Mickey McCarter)
Working Order Records, home to DC’s own synthpop duo Technophobia, held its first Tiny Cat Dark Music Festival to celebrate “dark electronic music” over the weekend at Black Cat. By any measure, the first edition of Tiny Cat was a wild success, drawing 10 bands of remarkably different soundscapes together over two nights of immersive music.
Void Vision performs at Black Cat on Aug. 19, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
As we mentioned earlier, Working Order Records, the record label of DC synthpop duo Technophobia, threw a benefit show for House of Ruth at Black Cat on Saturday, Aug. 19. A few other bands joined the show, and we got some pix of synthwaver Void Vision from Philadelphia.
Gary Numan (Photo courtesy the artist)
Gary Numan will release his 21st studio album Savage via BMG on Aug. 11, and in support of it he has launched a tour that includes a stop at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Void Vision performs at DC9 on May 11, 2017.
Charivari, according to Wikipedia, is “a folk custom in which the community gives a noisy, discordant mock serenade, frequently with pounding on pots and pans.” “Shari Vari” is also an electronic song from 1982 by A Number of Names, later covered by Detroit synth duo Adult.
Most importantly, Shari Vari is the nom du guerre of a Philadelphia musician who tours as Void Vision, and Void Vision opened for Adult. (somehow completing a circle) at DC9 on Thursday, May 11, in a synth show destined to please electronic enthusiasts of all stripes. Void Vision certainly wasn’t “a noisy, discordant mock serenade,” however! Certainly, just the opposite — deep, affecting, and melodic. (Hey, check out our review of Adult. while you’re here.)
Assemblage 23 performs at Ivy City Smokehouse on Sept. 27, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)
Assemblage 23 is a Seattle-based electronic/synthwave band currently touring United States in support of their latest album Endure.
In a show produced by Spellbound Productions, Assemblage 23 drew quite a large crowd to an unusual new DC venue — Ivy City Smokehouse. As the name implies, Ivy City Smokehouse is a seafood restaurant, but it has a large, separate stage room that accommodated hundreds of concert-goers and provided Assemblage 23 with a state of the art sound system.